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How do you change odometer reading?
« on: May 4, 2007, 09:26:31 AM »
I bought a new (used) instrument cluster, and I would like to match the odometer reading to the old one. Is there a way change it, short of the old electric drill method.

Is it possible to swap odometers?
I sold my 85 Black RC 4X4  Prospector,  3.5" Lift, M/T Claw 33's, w/ Megasquirt fuel injection, locked front and rear.

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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #1 on: May 4, 2007, 09:57:04 AM »
Sorry sir, that information is classified.   ;)
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #2 on: May 4, 2007, 10:04:18 AM »
No there is not a legal way to change the odometer.  You can provide proff of the odometer change to the DMV and they will make a note of it.

Tampering with an odometer is illegal.

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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #3 on: May 4, 2007, 11:58:58 AM »
I do not think he is asking about the legality of the issue.He wants his replacement to match the original, if he alters the odemeter reading and sells the vehicle without telling the buyer then it is illegal. To my knowledge there are not any speedometer police so I doubt that there would be a search warant issued to check the mileage.
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #4 on: May 4, 2007, 01:03:31 PM »
It is a pretty moot point anyway, since it has already rolled over, no telling how many times. Nevermind the fact that I changed gears, so the mileage racks up faster that reality :)
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #5 on: May 4, 2007, 01:23:50 PM »
If you want to change the mileage on the new one to match the old it can be done if it is screwed together. However I believe that when the problems with dealerships rolling back the miles started the speedometer was riveted so it could not be done with breaking something. With your truck being an 85 I will guess that the drill is the only way.In Indiana once a vehicle reaches a certain age unless it is certified somehow the odemeter reading is marked as exempt on the title.
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #6 on: May 4, 2007, 05:52:42 PM »
What you do, is jack it up and run it in reverse...just don't kick the front end if your pissed off if you have it parked in a garage with a glass wall and two stories up. :P
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #7 on: May 4, 2007, 06:38:08 PM »
I was gonna suggest running it in reverse as well.. haha...
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #8 on: May 4, 2007, 08:11:10 PM »
It can take forever to roll one back or forward. It's just like driving it. ;)
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #9 on: May 4, 2007, 08:15:03 PM »
 Swap the entire speedometer if it matches your original.
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #10 on: May 4, 2007, 09:06:27 PM »
What you do, is jack it up and run it in reverse...just don't kick the front end if your pissed off if you have it parked in a garage with a glass wall and two stories up. :P

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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #11 on: May 4, 2007, 09:07:33 PM »
I have done this to the old ones (70S)  and I recently had all that
stuff out of my current 80S RC project   I can remember looking at the back and it wasn't that big of a deal.I think if you take the rivets or screws off of the shift position indicator (it will be a little blank box if the cluster is a 4 speed unit) i think you can then gain access to the odometer.You can take that thing apart anyway there is a post on here somewhere showing it so you can make homemade white face gages (I think). But anyway I usually do this when I rebuild an RC from scratch so mileage would never be an issue IF  I were to sell one.I like to see how many miles I am putting on my NEW  RC!!
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #12 on: May 4, 2007, 09:59:28 PM »
especially if it is your friends dads classic ferrari that you went joyriding in Ferris

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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #13 on: May 4, 2007, 11:41:59 PM »
I just rotated mine by hand in my 86 to 0 miles due to a recent faulty 440 install.It can be done and is very VERY easy.Time consuming but easy.Shall I make this a how to?????HAHAHA Step 1 Remove dash panel. Step 2 Remove  screws holding instrument cluster in.Step 3 remove cluster(ensure you remove speedo cable, 2 lights that pop right out and there should be 2 small plug harnesses on the back of your circuit board.Also make sure you dont break the small support arm hooked behind your heater controls.)Step 4 Remove the clear plastic cover.It should be 8mm hexhead screws. Step 5 Remove black cover plate.Step 6 Remove 2 screws holding MPH gauge to body of cluster.Flip it over and as your looking at the back on the right side is a small clip holding the main shaft of your ODO numbers.removee this clip with a pick or small needle nose pliers***DO NOT BEND THIS CLIP*****now when you pull your ODO roll off there is going to be the number dials separated by small metal washers with a small gap in the top and bottom to hold them tight on a small rail in the gauge its self.Roll that bad boy back one dial at a time.It'll take a little practice to get its rotation figured out and dont force it.You have to hold those gaps in a line as well so go one at a time till desired number is reached on each one.replace with gaps aligned on the rail and replace back into the tiny hole like a toilet paper roll.Replace clip and bolt everythign back together.I'm telling you this of course for a vehicle being used strictly on private property not certified in anyway by and state or commonwealth.I in no way condone this action nor do I suggest you do it.This is of course my part of providing freedom of information,and so on and on and on.

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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #14 on: May 5, 2007, 10:51:40 AM »
You should be able to take a cordless drill or dremel preferably( because its faster)  with a square bit that will fit in the speedo cable hole on the back of the speedometer.
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #15 on: May 5, 2007, 01:53:21 PM »
even at a 100 mph, that means you could only increase your odometer reading by 100 miles every hour, sounds like it would be less time consuming to just take it apart as before mentioned....

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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #16 on: May 6, 2007, 02:39:58 PM »
Thanks "eb", that is just what I needed. I only plan to make my new odo match the one I am pulling out, the DMV shouldn't mind that.
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #17 on: May 6, 2007, 05:01:34 PM »
When ever I change the speedo assy, I just jot down what was on the old unit and what is on the replacement unit, to keep an idea of total vehicle miles its much easier then messing up the clock all together. 
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Re: How do you change odometer reading?
« Reply #18 on: May 6, 2007, 10:26:00 PM »
When ever I change the speedo assy, I just jot down what was on the old unit and what is on the replacement unit, to keep an idea of total vehicle miles its much easier then messing up the clock all together.
Your not really messing anything up by doing this.It's just time consuming.I did it for the simple fact that the engine I assembled is "new"It was machined and assembled with all new parts.It's more or less a comfort thing with the vehicle owner.At least in my own world it is.